Deon Louw


Headache Program

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Contact information


Office: 403.944.2825

Web presence

Caleo Health

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Stroke
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Headache
  • Migraine

Research activities

I have more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts that cover basic research in stroke, medical devices and neuro-oncology. I am now practicing headache full-time and will be focusing on headache trials going forward, i.e. migraine, one of the most pervasive and costly neurological diseases. 


1.     SUTHERLAND GR, FLORELL RC, LOUW DF, SIMA AAF:  Epidemiology of Primary Intracranial Neoplasms in Manitoba, Canada.  Can J Neurol Sci 1987: 14:586-592

2.     LOUW DF: Letter to the Editor - Migraine, CMAJ 1988: 138:586-592

3.     SUTHERLAND G, ONG B, LOUW D, SIMA A:  Effect of Lidocaine on Forebrain Ischemia in Rats.  Stroke 1989:20:119-122

4.     ROHRINGER H, SUTHERLAND GR, LOUW DF, SIMA AAF:  Incidence and Clinicopathological Features of Meningioma.  J Neurosurg 1989: 71:665-672

5.     LOUW D, SUTHERLAND GR, GLAVIN GB, GIRVIN J:  A Study of Monoamine Metabolism in Human Epilepsy.  Can J Neurol Sci 1989: 16:394-397

6.     LOUW D, SUTHERLAND G, HALLIDAY W, KAUFMANN J: Meningiomas Mimicking Cerebral Schwannoma.  J Neurosurg 1990:73:715-719

7.     SUTHERLAND GR, BOSE R, LOUW D, PINSKY C:  Global elevation of brain superoxide dismutase activity following forebrain ischemia in rats.  Neurosci Letters 1991:128:169-172.

8.     LOUW DF, REDDY DV, SUTHERLAND GR, SANK L: Bilateral Humeral Fractures - An Uncommon Complication of a Convulsive Seizure - Case Report.  NS Med J 1992:71(1):23-24.

9.     RASMUSSON DD, LOUW DF, NORTHGRAVE SA:  The Immediate Effects of Peripheral Denervation on Inhibitory Mechanisms, Somatosensory and Motor Research 1993:10(1):69-80

10.  MILTENBURG D, LOUW DF, SUTHERLAND GR:  Epidemiology of Childhood Brain Tumors.  Can J Neurol Sci 1996;23:118-122.

11.  FEHLINGS MG, LOUW DF:  Initial Stabilization and Medical Management of Acute Spinal Cord Injury.  Am Fam Physician 1996 July; 155-162

12.  LOUW DF, BOSE R, SIMA AA,SUTHERLAND GR:  Evidence for a High Free Radical State in Low Grade Astrocytoma. Neurosurgery 1997 Nov;41(5):1146-50

13.  LOUW DF, MASADA T, SUTHERLAND GR: Ischemic neuronal injury is ameliorated by astrocyte activation. Can J Neurol Sci 1998 May; 25(2):102-107 

15.  LOUW DF, LOUW GN, LAURYSSEN C, REDDY K: Pitfalls of Bungee Jumping:  Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg 89:1040-42,1998.

16.  LOUW DF,BURCHIEL KJ: Ablative therapy for movement disorders:complications in the treatment of movement disorders. Neurosurg Clin N America April 1998;9(2):367-373

17.  BURCHIEL KJ, LOUW DF: Comment on “Does intrathecal morphine in the treatment of chronic pain induce the development of tolerance?” Neurosurgery 42: 44-50, 1998

18.  LOUW DF, BURCHIEL KJ: Comment on “Clinical Evaluation of paresthesia steering with a new system for spinal cord stimulation” Neurosurgery 42: 541-549, 1998

19.  LOUW DF,BURCHIEL KJ: Pallidotomy for Parkinson’s disease. In:     Neurosurgical care of the Elderly, Neurosurgery Topics           1999:75-86

20.  BHANDARI M, LOUW DF, REDDY K: Predictors of return to work after anterior cervical discectomy. J of Spinal Disord 1999 Apr;12(2):94-98

21.  BURCHIEL KJ, LOUW DF: Trigeminal Neuralgia. Conn’s Current Therapy 1999:947-50

22.  LOUW DF, BURCHIEL KJ: Surgical Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Bonica’s Management of Pain,3rd Edition,ch.107(2000)

23.  SUTHERLAND GR, KAIBARA T, LOUW DF,SAUNDERS J: A Mobile high-field magnetic resonance imaging system for neurosurgery. Neurosurg Focus 6(3): Article,1999

24. SUTHERLAND GR, LOUW DF: Intraoperative MRI: a moving magnet. CMAJ.1999 Nov 16; 161(10):1293

25. SUTHERLAND GR, KAIBARA T, LOUW DF, HOULT D, SAUNDERS J: A Mobile High-Field Magnetic Resonance System for Neurosurgery. J Neurosurg 91: 804-813, 1999

26. LOUW DF: Surgical application of the Leksell stereotactic frame. In: Handbook of Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Schulder M(Ed), Marcel Dekker, New York 2002,in press.

27. SUTHERLAND G, LOUW DF, MATSADA T:  The effect of  D9-THC on forebrain ischemia in rat. Brain Res 2000 Feb 28; 857(1-2):183-7

28. LOUW DF, ASFORA WT, SUTHERLAND GR: A brief history of aneurysm clips. Neurosurg Focus 11(2),2001

29. ASFORA WT, SCHWEBACH L, LOUW DF: A modified technique to treat subdural hematomas. South Dakota J Med 54(12):495-498, 2001

30. LOUW DF, SUTHERLAND G, SCHULDER M: From microscopic to   astronomic, the story of Carl Zeiss. Neurosurg 2003; 52 (3): 668-674

31. LOUW DF, KAIBARA T, SUTHERLAND GR: Historical Vignette: Aneurysm Clips. J Neurosurg 2003; 98 (3): 638-41

32. WOOD D, LOUW DF: A bullet-proof suicide strategy (in preparation)

33. SUTHERLAND GR, KAIBARA T, LOUW DF: Intraoperative MRI: Past experience and future directions. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2003;85: 21-8

34. SUTHERLAND GR, LOUW DF: Intraoperative MRI Using a mobile 1.5 T magnet.  Techniques in Neurosurg vol.7 (4) pp 299-307, 2002

35. SUTHERLAND GR, KAIBARA T, LOUW DF: Intraoperative MR: An Inflection point in Neurosurgery?  Techniques in Neurosurg vol.7 (4) pp 246-251, 2002

36. SUTHERLAND GR, KAIBARA T, LOUW D: A Mobile High-Field Magnetic Resonance System for Neurosurgery. In: W.G.Bradley, A.Verma and S.R.Gibbs (eds), The Year Book of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Mosby, Inc, St. Louis, 24: 320-322, 2001.

37. STROMAN PW, MALISZA KL, LOUW DF, TOMANEK B: Functional magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord. In: P.BLACK (ed), Low-Grade Gliomas (WHO I-II),ch.89 (in press)

38. Louw DF, Fielding T, McBeth PB, Gregoris D, Sutherland GR. Surgical Robotics: A Review and Neurosurgical Prototype Development. Neurosurgery 54:525-537, 2004.

39. McBeth PB, Louw DF, Sutherland GR. Frameless Surgical Navigation. In: YJ Ding (ed), (In Press, Neurosurgery, 2004).

40. Sutherland GR, McBeth PB, Louw DF. Mobile Intraoperative MRI in Neurosurgery at 1.5T. Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, International Congress Series, 2003, 613-618.

41. Sutherland GR, McBeth PB, Louw DF. NeuroArm: An MR Compatible Robot for Microsurgery. Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, International Congress Series, 2003, 504-508.

42. SUTHERLAND GR, LOUW DF: Comment on Robot-assisted Navigated Neuroendoscopy. Neurosurgery 51:1451, 2002.

43. RIZUN PR, MCBETH PB,LOUW DF, SUTHERLAND GR. Robot Assisted Neurosurgery. In: Anvari M (ed). In Press, Seminars in Laparoscopic Surgery, Vol 11, No 2 (June), 2004

44. MCBETH P, LOUW DF, SUTHERLAND GR. Robotics in Neurosurgery. In: Chitwood R (ed). In Press,  American J Surg Supplement (Fall issue 2004)

45. Kelly JJ, Louw DF, Sutherland GR. Cerebral Aneurysm: Early Detection is Key to Survival. Perspectives in Cardiology 19(7): 28-34, 2003

46. Latour I, Louw D, Beedle A, Hamid J, Sutherland G, Zamponi G. Expression of T-Type Calcium Channel Splice Variants in Human Glioma. (Glia 2004)

47. McBeth PB, Louw DF, Yang, FW, Sutherland GR. Quantitative Measures of Performance in Microvascular Anastomoses.  Comput Aided Surg. 2005 May; 10(3): 173-80

48. Louw DF: Ethics in Neurosurgery. Neurosurgery Explained, Vesuvius Press, London ( 2006)

49. Louw DF, McBeth P: Technology in Neurosurgery. Neurosurgery Explained, Vesuvius Press 2006

50. Lai F, Louw DF: Surgical Robotics for Patient Safety in the Perioperative Environment: Realizing the Promise. TATRC White Paper.  Surg Innov  June 2007, 14(2): 77-82

51. Ferrari R, Louw D. Development of a symptom expectation questionnaire for minor head injury. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2011 June; 12(6): 499-502

52. Ferrari R, Louw D. Correlation between expectations of recovery and injury severity perception in whiplash-associated disorders.  Journal of Zhejiang University-Sci  B. 2011 August; 12(8): 683-686

53. Ferrari R, Louw D. Coping style as a predictor of compliance with referral to active rehabilitation in whiplash patients. Clin Rheum 2011; 30(9): 1221-5

54. Ferrari R, Louw D. Development of a symptom expectation questionnaire for whiplash injury. J Sport Health Sci 2012, 1(3): 174-177

55. Kirkpatrick A, Hamilton D, Beckett A, Louw D, et al: The need for a robust 24/7 sub-specialty “clearing-house” response for telementored trauma care. Can J Surg (in press)

56. Kirkpatrick A, Tien H, LaPorta A et al:  The marriage of surgical simulation and tele-mentoring for Damage Control Surgical training of operational first-responders.  Can J Surg 2015;58(2)S10 [Abstr]


Canadian Stroke Society Prize, 1995